Monday, June 22, 2009

Plein Air Painting at Lake Tahoe

In mid June Richard and I spent five days visiting our friend Michele deBraganca in Carnelian Bay, Lake Tahoe. We painted together along the shores of the lake with spectacular views. 

Every day we checked the weather and the prediction was for scattered thunder storms. We seemed to luck out though and only had a little rain shower with some hail one of the days. The skies were filled with great clouds of every size and shape which made for interesting subject matter. Blue skies can be so boring when you are a landscape painter. All the mountain tops were still covered with snow which made me think that I was painting in my home land of Norway. The cool, cloudy weather made it even more like being there. I thoroughly enjoyed myself!

We also spent one day painting in Squaw Valley with our friend Andy Skaff, a local painter who creates magnificent paintings of aspen trees. We will be painting with Michele, Andy and 30 other artists in the second week of September at the North Tahoe Plein Air event at North Star. Mark your calenders and come up for a visit. The show will be held in conjunction with a Wine Festival that same week end. 

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Landscape Oil Painting Class in Marin, CA

Christin at her Easel
May 1, 2009 began a new chapter in my professional life with my move into a new studio at the Isabel Cook Center in San Anselmo, CA.  It was originally a large classroom in a local school, but now it is a community building that houses non-profits and other artist studios.

Part of my studio is my working space and part is an open area that I will be using for teaching intermediate level artists that wish to paint landscapes in oil and want to be part of a mentoring situation on a regular basis. I will only be accepting six students so that personal attention is assured. 

Having painted in Marin for more than 15 years, I have grown to know the landscape here intimately. Click here if you want further information.